As part of our document spotlight series, today we bring you primary sources related to the Battle of Little Bighorn.
One hundred and forty-one years ago, from the evening of June 25, 1876, to dusk on the 26th, General Armstrong Custer and his troops engaged in battle with the Sioux and Cheyenne at the Battle of Little Bighorn in Montana Territory. As was often the case from the colonial through the expansion eras, Native Americans aligned on both sides of the battle; although in this case, only a few Army Scouts were involved with Custer.
Access Primary Sources in the National Archives Catalog:
- Copy of General Alfred Terry’s telegram reporting the Battle of the Little Bighorn, June 25, 1876, and the defeat of Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer.
- First Report of the Battle of the Little Bighorn, From Gen. Alfred H. Terry, Montana, to Assistant Adjutant General R.C. Drum, Chicago June 27, 1876